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a plea for us to stop the insanity and finally, helping me, i usually call finding ways to humiliate me. earlier this week they have found a way to do it on national television. they arranged for me to dock a turkey on the air. since i only recently learned how to turn an oven on, this could get a little ugly. stay tuned for that. >>> speaking of recipes for disaster, though, we gen this morning with what congress is doing or rather everything that congress is not doing. we are about to reach december. there are some serious budget issues to work out, some key deadlines looming. congress is right now scheduled to be in session this coming month for a grand total of four days. msnbc news ran the numbers and reported in the 11 months since speaker john boehner gavelled congress into session in january, congress passed 52 public laws. you take out the ceremonial issues caller for the memorable hall of fame or honorable naming of local post offices, take all of that you, congress has passed 44 actually stnttive bills this year to put this into perspective, congress has averaged 70 substanti
this weekend. what is it that makes us so obsessed with the escapades of a mayor of a canadian city, toronto's rob ford. we will head north of the border to find out. we will be joined by a real live full blooded canadian to make sense of it. we will also look at the turning points for the race for the white house. the things that move polls and change voters and decide a presidency. they are not all what you might imagine them to be. but first, it was never supposed to happen, especially not the way it happened, but 50 years ago this morning as americans woke up in shock, in mourning, wondering if what they had experienced the day before had all been some terrible dream, linden johnson woke up as president of the united states before all of the awfulness in dallas, lbj's official vice presidential schedule had him slated to be in austin, texas on november 23rd, 1963. he would be attending the dedication of a synagogue, instead, tow, he was back in walk. suddenly the most powerful man in the world a. week of remembrances of john f. kennedy, a week of reflections of the impact of the legacy o
outlines are this. the next six months iran freezes its nuclear program. in exchange, the u.s. and other western nations agree to roll back some of those sanctions. so in reality, it is not much of a deal. but after three decades, after ten years of negotiating on and off, it is a start. and it is a deal meant to create the conditions that will lead to a bigger deal, another deal down the line. >> these are substantial limitations which will help prevent iran from building a nuclear weapon. simply put, they cut off iran's most likely paths to a bomb. meanwhile, this first step will create time and space over the next six months for more negotiations to fully address our comprehensive concerns about the iranian program. and because of this agreement, iran cannot use negotiations as cover to advance its program. >> so is everyone happy with this? well, not by all a long shot. can start with israel, which is calling it, quote, historic mistake. prime minister netanyahu saying he's not bound by the agreement. saudi arabia is also skeptical about washington pursuing any deal with iran. haven'
for the iowa democratic party. the first in the nation caucus state of iowa. schumer used the venue to make news not about his own presidential ambitions, but about those of someone else. >> this candidate is perfectly suited to succeed in the iowa caucuses. so let's all stick together and make sure that ted cruz is the republican candidate in 2016! now, with ted cruz at the top of the ticket, fooled you, didn't i? we'll be certain that the keys to the white house will stay in democratic hands. i am urging hillary clinton to run for president! and when she does, she will have my full and unwavering support. run, hillary, run. if you run, you'll win and we'll all win. >> chuck schumer is always full of surprises. schumer's endorsement of his former new york city colleague is front page news in new york city this morning. the calendar might say november 3rd, 2013, but this is another reminder the invisible primary phase of the 2016 race, a phase when key party leaders, donors and opinion shapers start making up their minds is well under way. we'll have much more on that in the months ahead. b
. granted, it is one state, there are 34 states using the federal obama care website. that's about one-third of 1%. after otwo months in massachusetts, just 2,300 people have enrolled. it was only after 11 months under the threat of a penalty about to be imposed that more than 36,000 people in massachusetts would go on to enroll. most of them didn't enroll until that 11-month mark. so obama care can work. it won't kick in until the end of next march, five months from now. getting it to work depends on getting the problems ironed out and getting americans of all ages signed up. the obama administration needs to straighten out the political mess it's created. it's not just one future cabinet secretary at stake. this is the fate of the democratic party and beyond it is tied to whether obama care succeeds. the short term, that means getting the website fixed. in the long term, that means getting the website fixed. once americans who don't currently have health insurance are enrolled, what do republicans then arc you? do they still push for appeal, taking away this tangible benefit that mem
the correct paperwork to vote last week. used to be the speaker of the house. we'll be talking about that. also, secession. a new kind of secession, not from the united states, but from individual states. people who want to be americans but think they're trapped in the wrong state. there are now some secession movements like that in the u.s. right now. do any of them stand a chance and what do they say about the politics of america right now? but first, a poll by huffington post and ugov asked americans a simple question. is there a law that bars employers from firing people because they're gay. it is not surprising that nearly 69% of the people in the poll said yes. there is surely a federal law against firing people for being gay. only 13% said there wasn't. but the 13% are actually right. for all of the amazing social progress of the last few decades, there remains no federal law protecting gay employees from discrimination. it is a case of history being put on hold. story picks up in the early 1970s, when a wave of campaigns to extend rights and protections to a number of minority gro
from the president when it happened. >> tell us exactly what you saw, sir. >> he was coming down the street, and my 5-year-old boy and myself were boy ourselves on the grass there on palmer street. and i asked joe to wave to him and joe waved and i waved and the man -- >> that's all right, sir. go ahead. >> as he was waving back, the shot rang out and he slumped down in the seat and his wife reached up toward him and he was slumping down and a second shot went off and just knocked him down from the seat. >> in the moments after that shooting, all anyone knew was confusion, chaos, was hysteria, even terror. remember there was no cable television back then. no 24-hour news networks. just a few major networks and old antenna televisions. and when the shooting happened, those local network affiliate stations were all airing their own programming. networks cut in as fast as they could, means viewers of nbc stations looked up and suddenly they saw nbc news' frank mcgee standing over the anchor desk in new york explaining to fellow anchors what the news division was doing to collect inf
's your chance to get rid of it once and for all. vote against the democrats, vote for us. the democrats survived all of that, their law. obama care survived all that and still to this day, republicans continue to oppose that law uniformly and unanimously. you have to goult aback to before the civil war to the days of the kansas-nebraska act to find the law once adopted by congress and signed by a president was unanimously continuously attacked, litigated and not for as long as republicans have now attacked, litigated and not the affordable care act. and now, now, republicans have some new ammunition. they have some real political ammunition. the former launch of obama care was october 1st. since then, the rollout has been an unmitigated disaster. the website problems were, the website problems are, bad enough. the president's admission that the claim he made in selling the law back in 2010, the promise that everyone who liked their policy could keep their policy, did not end up being accurate it's given him and this law a real credibility problem. and you can see in the numbers this wee
kornacki, last minute. jeremy peters, politics reporter from the new york times. thank you for joining us. i guess we start with that. we placed jack lew a week after the supreme court ruling came down in june of 2012. i think the conventional wis come he was expressing was, yeah, sure, technically the courts allowed the states could opt out. there will be an immense amount of pressure from the hospitals and their states to take this money. at the end of the day, this is one of those things we will all have to give in. here we are, as we say, a week and a half later, that just hasn't happened. is that a surprise to anyone here? what has happened that alleged the stalemate? >> i think it underestimated the challenge. right now, this is one of the affect. ed ways for republicans to protest this law. they've done a number of symbolic things. they've voted over 40 times in the house to repeal it. they've shut down the government over obama care, which nobody knew it wasn't going to work and succeed into funding that law. so this is one of the ways to effectively throw a monkey wrench in the p
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